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Trump voluntarily dismisses second lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James

Donald Trump on Tuesday withdrew a second lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James related to her investigation into the former president and his family’s business dealings.

Trump’s attorneys and James’ office agreed on Tuesday to a stipulation ending an appeal that had sought to overturn a judge’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit.

Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said the appeal in Manhattan federal court “was voluntarily withdrawn for strategic purposes,” according to the Associated Press.

“I am pleased that Donald Trump has withdrawn his two pending lawsuits against my office,” James said in a statement Tuesday. “As we have shown throughout, we have a legitimate legal action against him and his organization, and we cannot be intimidated or deterred from pursuing it.”


New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York City.
(AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)

Trump, a Republican, sued James, a Democrat, in December 2021 in an effort to prevent him from investigating him and his businesses.

Trump sued James again following his trial in September, alleging he and his company, the Trump Organization, deceived banks and others about the value of his assets, including golf courses and hotels. bearing her name, in a practice she dubbed “The Art of Theft” – a twist on the title of her book “The Art of the Deal”.

Trump voluntarily dismissed that lawsuit last week after a Florida federal judge, Donald M. Middlebrooks, charged him with a “pattern of abuse of court” for filing frivolous lawsuits for political gain, including including what he called a sham lawsuit against Trump in 2016, rival Hillary Clinton and others.

Middlebrooks had fined Trump and Habba nearly $1 million in the case. In a 46-page judgment delivered Thursday, Middlebrooks wrote that Trump is a “prolific and sophisticated litigator who repeatedly uses the courts to exact revenge on political adversaries,” according to The Washington Post.

“He is the mastermind of the strategic abuse of the judicial process, and he cannot be considered a litigant blindly following counsel’s advice. He knew full well the impact of his actions,” the judgment said, according to the Post. “As such, I find that sanctions should be imposed on Mr. Trump and his lead counsel, Ms. Habba.”

In the since-discontinued Florida lawsuit, and as similarly reported in his New York case, Trump’s attorneys argued that James had “repeatedly abused his position as New York State Attorney General to pursue a vendetta against President Trump.”

Former President Donald Trump arrives for a New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump arrives for a New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2022.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The case of James against Trump is ongoing. She wants a judge to fine Trump $250 million and permanently ban him from doing business in the Empire State. New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron has scheduled the trial to begin in October, according to the Post.

U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes dismissed Trump’s original lawsuit against the New York Attorney General in May 2022, allowing his civil investigation to continue. Sannes wrote at the time that case law prohibited federal judges from interfering in state-level investigations and that there was no evidence to support his claim that James had targeted him out of political animus. .

Trump’s second lawsuit, filed in November, sought to block James from exercising control over the family trust that controls his business. Trump initially filed that case in Florida state court, but it was later moved to federal court.

A view of Trump Tower in New York on January 13, 2023.

A view of Trump Tower in New York on January 13, 2023.
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Trump’s Florida lawsuit rehashed some claims from his dismissed federal lawsuit against her, angering Middlebrooks, who wrote in a December order: “This litigation has all the telltale signs of being both vexatious and frivolous.”

In other Trump-related legal developments this week, court officials said on Monday that the Trump Organization had paid a $1.6 million fine imposed in connection with his Manhattan tax evasion conviction last month. for helping executives dodge personal income tax on lavish employee benefits.

On Tuesday, a Georgia judge heard arguments as he weighed the public release of a special grand jury’s final report into his investigation into whether Trump and his allies broke state law by seeking to overturn the results. of the 2020 election. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis asked that the report be kept sealed, citing concerns for “future defendants.”


Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney agreed he would keep the report private at least for now.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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